As international flights go, this one must have felt like a commuter hop.
A British Airways jet set a subsonic record for the fastest flight between New York and London on Sunday, completing the journey in four hours, 56 minutes, the BBC reported. The flight, which attained speeds of more than 800 mph, was aided by the jet stream of Storm Ciara, according to the network.
Flightradar24 announced the news of the fast flight on Twitter, writing: “If we’re not mistaken, BA now retakes the fastest subsonic NY-London crossing from Norwegian.”
Flightrader24 added the British Airways flight was one minute faster than a Virgin Airbus A350 flight; another Virgin plane landed in four hours and 59 minutes.
In a statement, British Airways said, “We always prioritize safety over speed records, but our highly trained pilots made the most of the conditions to get customers back to London well ahead of time.”
Storm Ciara made landfall in the United Kingdom this weekend, CNN reported. The storm caused severe delays as hundreds of flights were grounded.
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